Eighteen years ago today, our country suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11, 2001, and those exposed to the World Trade Center toxins have faced a terrible health crisis that continues to afflict the 9/11 community.
Tragically, more than 2,300 people have died due to their World Trade Center exposure. As a firm, this has affected us personally and deeply. Today we mourn the loss of co-workers, friends, and clients, and we renew our commitment to support the loved ones they left behind, and to live each day with them in our hearts.
We also pledge to continue our fight for those battling 9/11 illnesses. Over 14,000 people have been certified by the WTC Health Program with one of the 68 cancers linked to the WTC toxins. This summer, the government recognized our nation’s obligation to stand by those survivors, by fully funding the Victim Compensation Fund. It will serve the 9/11 community for the next 70 years, as will the WTC Health Program.
The strength and unity of the 9/11 community is ever present. Throughout these 18 years, you have helped us to shine a light on this health crisis in big and small ways, by sharing emails like this, by reaching out to family and friends, by showing up to events, and by standing by one another through it all.
It is our honor to represent the 9/11 community.